How Long Does It Take for Facelift Scars to Mostly Disappear?

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Facelift - How long until scars mostly disappear ?

Thank you for your question. In most healthy people without a history of healing irregularities, the surgical scars resulting from a well-performed facelift are rarely an issue. Incisions are designed to result in scars that are concealed within natural curvatures around the ear. Full scar maturation takes many months. However, most patients consider those scars to be acceptable with makeup within 1-2 weeks, and acceptable without makeup in 1-2 months. Once mature, most scars are imperceptible in normal social interactions, although not entirely invisible upon closer scrutiny. The design and performance of the facelift incision are some of the factors that influences a natural result and the desirability of a facelift surgeon.


Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Facelift scars

All scars go through three phases of healing with an initial redness phase followed later on by rebuilding and maturation of the scar.  Most scar and wound experts agree it takes about a year for a scar to fully mature.  Facelfit scars are commonly seen as red and can be hypertrophic.  Treatment of scars depends on the type of scars seen and can include the following treatments: -laser treatments to help both scars and redness of scars  -injections of kenalog or a combination of kenalog and 5-FU  -scar revision if poorly positioned scar The key to great scars after a facelift is to avoid tension on the skin and lift the deeper layer of the face.  Placing too much tension on the skin can make scars wider than ideal.  Meticulous closure technique can also aid in scar appearance.

Anil R. Shah, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Scars After Facelift

Scarring after a facelift is essentially unavoidable and will always be somewhat apparent if you know where to look. An experienced surgeon will strategically place the incisions for your facelift in areas that will be the least evident. For many women, this means that much of your scarring could potentially be covered by hair. In general, however, scars naturally fade with time for the first couple years, with the greatest progress seen after the first six months. Scars can also be further lightened through laser techniques and with the application of special creams, tapes, and other such products.

Yael Halaas, MD
Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Facelift Scars

The scar healing process will vary among people. It usually takes about 3 months for the redness to resolve. The scars will continue to mature for 12-18 months. If you are unhappy with your scars after a year or so it best to speak with your surgeon about your options to improve the appearance of the scars.

Jeffrey Weinzweig, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Facelift Scars

The facelift performed by the surgeon with the most expertise, training, experience and patience will leave you with the best results. 
 The facelift procedure involves incisions that skirt the contour of the ears, using the anatomy of the ear to help conceal them. For a full facelift, the incision starts in the sideburn area, follows the contours of the junction of the ear with the face, curves behind the earlobe into the recess between the posterior ear and the neck/scalp, and then extends into the hairline posteriorly at the top of the ear. When I make these incisions, I design them so that, once fully healed, they may be difficult for even a hairdresser to detect. That goal can often be achieved, and it requires meticulous attention to every centimeter of the closure.
Following surgery, many surgeons, myself included will offer complimentary V-Beam laser treatments to help speed healing and minimize scarring.  Most plastic surgeons also make  topical silicone gel treatments available to help minimize scarring. Close monitoring following surgery is imperative. If scars start start to thicken, they can be treated with steroid injection. But early treatment is key.  You don't want to wait until a scar is a problem before you begin receiving treatment  

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Healing time of facelift scars

The healing process is quite variable depending upon the patient’s skin type present. Darker and oilier skin tends to take longer to heal and stays red for a longer period of time. Fitzpatrick I and II type skin tends to heal much quicker, usually within a two to three month period of time following a facelift.  

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Facelift scars- time to fading

Scars generally are considered mature at 6 months, but in actuality continue to mature for another 1 1/2 years, becoming less visible over time.

Anchored facelift scars will appear to fade more quickly than scars that are not buried around the earlobe and inside the tragus. 

When reviewing before and after pictures, the astute patient will want to study ears very carefully for signs of pulling down of earlobes and pulling forward of the tragus, as well as hairline alterations.  Hair worn down or large earrings covering the after results make it difficult for patients to assess a surgeon's work.

For these reasons, the skill of the facelift surgeon is immediately obvious and therefore highly prized.

Brent Moelleken, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Facelift Scars Fade

Facelift scars typically don't completely disappear, the best scars will typically fade to a very faint skin color less than 1mm in width.  It generally takes 6-8 months but can take up to one full year.  In "well positioned" scars they are basically imperceptible.

Johnny Mao, MD, FACS
Orange Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Managing Scars Following Your Facelift

The #scars from a facelift mature within six to twelve months from the surgery date. It is during this time that the rejuvenating effects of the facelift will become apparent and the real result will be seen. We find that scar reducing product, BioCorneum , appears to be very effective. 
If you have certain concerns about the procedures and #healing process, it is recommended to call your board-certified surgeon or their medical staff and discuss those #concerns.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Face lift scar

Thank you for your question. While scars will always be present, much can be done to make them as subtle as possible. Facelift incisions can be managed using a multimodal approach:
1) Scar massage - starting as soon as the surgical dressings come off and the incisions are sealed
2) Silicone sheets or scar gels for about six months to year
3) Fractionated lasers to help blend the scar into the background - done as a series, starting about 4 weeks after surgery and repeated every four weeks for six months.
4) Sunscreen to prevent the scars from darkening

Your incisions should be very subtle based on the placement of the incisions, but may need a full 6 months to 1 year to fade.

Young R. Cho, MD, PhD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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